Prep softball roundup: Negaunee, Superior Central score sweeps Wednesday
IRON MOUNTAIN – The Anderson sisters threw five innings of shutout softball as each had starring moments at the plate in Negaunee’s doubleheader sweep at Iron Mountain on Wednesday.
The Miners improved to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference with 12-0 and 20-0 victories. The opener was shortened to five innings and nightcap to just three due to the mercy rule.
Senior Rosalie Anderson tossed three innings of one-hit, no-walk ball in the opener, striking out five, while junior Adena Anderson had a two-inning stint in Game 2, giving up no hits and no walks while fanning four.
Rosalie Anderson was a steady force at the plate, going 3 for 3 each game with a home run, triple and two doubles in all while collecting four RBIs.
Adena Anderson’s highlight came with one swing of the bat when she popped a grand slam home run over the fence in the first inning of the game she won. A later bases-loaded walk gave her five RBIs in just that game.
“Because Iron Mountain is a new team this year, I was happy that we didn’t play down to their level,” NHS coach Randy Carlson said. “We jumped out on them like we’re supposed to in each game and didn’t give them a chance to think they would be in either game.”
The Miners scored five runs in the first inning of Game 1 keyed by senior Taylor Ring’s two-run, over-the-fence homer, one of three hits she had in the game.
Negaunee added four more runs in the third as senior Jayda Johnson and Rosalie Anderson hit back-to-back roundtrippers over the fence off losing pitcher Lara Hakamaki.
Freshman Hailey Fezatt pitched the final two innings of the opener and final inning of the nightcap in relief.
Negaunee jumped out with 17 runs in the first inning of Game 2 as IM hurler Denae Brock lasted just one-third of an inning. Rosalie Anderson had a single, double and triple despite only playing in the first inning.
While sophomore Nicole Violetta had two hits, the blowout allowed Carlson to get in several JV callups as freshmen Samantha Carlson, Taylor Valima and Kelsi Cox collected their first varsity hits.
Cougars sweep Mustangs
EBEN – Superior Central held on to sweep Munising in a doubleheader Wednesday evening. The Cougars took the first game 11-4 before edging the Mustangs in the nightcap 7-6.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Munising but due to field conditions, the game was moved to Eben. The next meeting between the two teams will be held at Munising.
Molly Swajanen had three hits, including a three-run homer in the first game for Superior Central. Teslyn Tyner had two hits and scored twice, Brooke Pasanen had two hits and three RBIs while Bethany Pirman and Abby Johns chipped in with two hits apiece. Pasanen earned the victory, striking out nine.
In the nightcap, Swajanen scored two runs with two hits and two RBIs and Nikki Lincoln had two hits and two runs scored. Vanessa Freberg earned the win on the mound and also contributed three hits.
The Cougars (9-2) are set to host Houghton on Friday.